Tuesday, January 02, 2007

All the Best for the new year.

Happy New Year, it's been an amazing 2006.
Our local paddling club continued on its merry way, exploring new kayak venues and re-visiting old favourites during the year. Membership continues to grow, and with the club in such good health it may be time for a sea-change, leader wise. That is, with my recent change in careers something's gotta give. Either my club pres duties will suffer, or my paddling time will take a serious hit. Hmmm. What to do...

In 2006 I had the great good luck to paddle with Wendy Killoran again, and to help her out in a small way with her amazing 'Round The Rock expedition. As an added bonus, I also met Freya Hoffmeister and hosted both her and Wendy briefly before they set out together for Newfoundland's wild seas. Freya is a dynamo, crackling with energy, and a joy to behold. She and Wendy make an unstoppable team.

I'm not a believer in New Year's resolutions, but this I promise: Now that I've beaten one of Freya's Kayak Carts to a pulp, I'll write up a review of this excellent product and post it soon, honest.
Also, having just received one of Kokatat's great-looking new Gore-Tex PacLite Storm Cags via courier today, I resolve to abuse it horribly over the next few weeks and review it as well. We'll see how it holds up to a Nova Scotia winter...

Speaking of winter, Monday's New Year's Day paddle on Pictou Harbour with my buddy Wayne constituted 5 years and 10 months of continuous all-season kayaking, just gotta get out in Farch to make the six-year mark. While global warming is a very serious and even disturbing issue, I am glad to no longer have to put my kayak "away" for winter. In fact, unlike my childhood canvasback kayaks, the Prijon has never even been indoors....

Happy New Year everyone!